CDC Recommends Homemade Cloth Face Coverings in Public Settings

Updated: Apr 7

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued new guidance recommending that people wear cloth or fabric face coverings when entering public spaces like the grocery store, pharmacy, or doctor’s office. These masks can be made from household items or made at home from common materials at a low cost.

The CDC website provides instructions for making face coverings, including sewn masks, as well as a no-sew face covering that can be made from a t-shirt.

The County’s Public Information Officer Sara Visintainer noted that the County government is unable to provide masks to residents and they must make their own. “Fortunately, we know that Caroline County residents are crafty and resourceful,” she said. “We encourage people to make their own face coverings. In addition to the CDC website, there are many great tutorials for how to make face coverings on YouTube and craft blogs.”

The CDC issued this new guidance as it has become clear that people can contract and spread COVID-19 without showing symptoms. In such cases, it is impossible to distinguish healthy people from those who are infected without a formal test.

“These homemade face coverings are mainly meant to prevent people who have the virus and may not know it from spreading the infection to others,” said Visintainer. “It does not need to be medical grade. In fact, the CDC recommends making your own mask in order to help ensure that medical-grade surgical or N95 masks can be reserved for the doctors and nurses that are providing direct patient care.”

The CDC website has many important details and residents are encouraged to visit the page to learn about how to safely wear cloth face coverings, how often to change them, and how to wash them to ensure that they remain safe to use. The CDC has also provided a useful Frequently Asked Questions resource about cloth face coverings.

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